Author: Layla

After that long break + what I learned during that time

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Life Lately

Hello, I’m back, after a long break. So many things have happened–Lent and grad school applications thrown in together. So, what’s Lent got to do with the break? Well, it’s the time of the year I usually do my annual social media detox. I cheated a bit, that’s true (#cantstayawayfromthegram), but I’ve learned to be less fixated on it. There are a few things I’ve learned during my break. I will be sharing my insights […]

Hello, hello.

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New horizons

Hello, how are you? Hope you are doing fine. It’s been more than a month since I last updated this blog, and to be honest, it’s been wonderful not posting. Don’t get me wrong, I still love blogging, but there have been times when I have been wondering what am I still doing with this blog, and being completely devoid of motivation. For the past few years, I felt like I had to keep up […]

Pie time! My experimental Salted Caramel Apple Crumble Pie

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The Chubby Girl's Kitchen

It’s been long since I posted on here, and as well, a long time since I have shared anything food-related on here, much less a recipe. I took advantage of today’s rest day, although it’s for a sad reason, as there’s a huge typhoon brewing in the northernmost part of the Philippines. Please pray for them, that the storm might change its course and that the damages and lives lost would not be a large […]

The Lazy Girl’s All in One Meal

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The Chubby Girl's Kitchen

My father’s been taken to the hospital more than three weeks ago, but he’s home now–yay! I won’t lie though, those three weeks were tense, to say the least. And that meant that I was on my own a lot. And me being left alone a lot gives me reason to prepare a meal that can be eaten at any time of the day: bacon, egg, and mushroom fried rice. This dish screams HELLO, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, […]

Read || The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Books

How are you all doing? Hope you are doing well! It’s been ages since I’ve written a book review–I’ve been reading a lot of books but I haven’t put pen to paper. Or rather, in this case, fingertips to keyboard with regard to how I feel about them! I’m going to review one of my favourite author’s little known work. Reading Lucy Maud (LM) Montgomery’s work is always a treat. I’ve fallen in love with Anne […]

Hey baby, it’s okay.

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Something personal

So finally, I took a short trip out of the urban jungle that is Manila. Finally, after almost five years! A little warning: this post will be at the danger of sounding like I’m half-bottle of whining, but I promise, I’ll do my best to make sure it won’t go there. I haven’t been doing at all well lately, emotionally, that is. Well, to be honest, it’s only partly true. I have my good days. […]

Read || The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

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Books / Something personal

How are you? How was your Valentine’s Day? Hope it went well. 🙂 This is a book that I’ve been dying to review–but I re-read this book over and over to do this review justice. 🙂 It’s definitely my favourite book at the moment, and it’s been totally worth it to buy on Amazon. Because sadly, it’s not available in book shops in the Philippines. Yeah, I’m talking to you National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Fully […]

My (new) multi-purpose cookie dough recipe

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The Chubby Girl's Kitchen

Baking cookies always gives me wonderful memories. Of wonderful Saturday afternoons baking cookies from the box (hi, White King), and dunking them into cold, fresh milk. Yum. When my older sister started baking stuff from scratch, I became her assistant. Measuring things, stirring the batter, or wrapping those baked goods into boxes. That however, wasn’t fodder enough for me to start venturing into baking on my own–until she left to work abroad. Fast forward to […]

Gifts the student in your life will appreciate AT ANY SEASON

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Something personal

  Missed a birthday? Too late for Christmas? Not able to make it for Valentine’s Day? Got a student in your life you need to appreciate? While this post is actually late, one can still give gifts that can be used throughout the year–especially when the recipient is a student! This post was inspired by a memory in law school: it was the season for class Christmas parties and exchanging gifts. One of my classmates […]

Soup du jour: Cream of carrot and celery soup

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Something personal / The Chubby Girl's Kitchen

The holidays have come and gone! To be honest, I’m still feeling stuffed, and mind, we didn’t even prepare a lot of food! For Christmas, we had roast chicken (followed Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for roast turkey…but as turkey is a good deal more costly in the Philippines, I made do with a large chicken), pasta (recipe to be shared one of these days), and soup. For soup, traditionally we have a special kind of chicken […]